Samsung starts production of SM951 NVMe with M.2 form factor

Samsung Electronics has started mass production of NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD), SM951-NVMe, with M.2 form factor.

The industry’s first NVMe PCIe SSD will be used in PCs and workstations and Samsung has started the shipping of the product to OEMs for the PC market.

Samsung says SM951-NVMe is capable of sequential read and write with speed of 2,260 MB/sec and 1,600 MB/sec respectively.

Whereas SATA based M.2 SSD is capable of read and write up to 540MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively.

The new product uses four 8 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) lanes (PCIe Gen 3.0 x4) of simultaneous data flow to attain high speed and thus allows data transfer rate of 32Gbps and a maximum throughput of 4GB/s.

AHCI based equivalent and SATA based SSD can process 130,000 IOPS (Input Output Per Second) and 97,000 IOPS respectively whereas the SM951-NVMe can process 300,000 IOPS.

Company says the product is compact in size with less than 4 millimeters thickness and less than 7 grams of weight.

The SM951-NVMe will initially be available in capacities of 128 gigabyte (GB), 256GB, and 512GB.

Samsung SM951-NVMe SSD

Samsung’s SM951-NVMe supports the L1.2 low-power standby mode which allows it to consume just 2mW in standby versus the 50mW consumed in the L1 state.

“Our new NVMe SSD will allow for faster, ultra-slim notebook PCs with extended battery use, while accelerating the adoption of NVMe SSDs within the consumer marketplace,” said Jeeho Baek, senior vice president of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Few weeks ago, Samsung launched 850 EVO M.2 and 850 EVO mSATA solid state drive (SSD) lineups which features 3D V-NAND technology for maximum performance and endurance.

Last month, Samsung introduced a high-performance mobile memory storage based on Embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) 5.0 technology which is targeted at the smartphone and tablet mass markets.

Shilpa Khatri
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